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Utility trailer fishtails into vehicle on Md. 66

August 13, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro man was taken to Washington County Hospital on Thursday night after his car was hit by a utility trailer that fishtailed on a wet Mapleville Road, Maryland State Police said.

The condition of Patrick John Bowl Jr., 35, of Brookridge Drive, was being evaluated in the emergency department on Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Bowl was driving a Nissan Sentra south on Mapleville Road, also known as Md. 66, shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday when a black Chevy Silverado pickup hauling the utility trailer came around a bend in the 8700 block, Trooper 1st Class Rob Embly said.

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The trailer, carrying construction materials and a ladder, fishtailed on the wet road and crossed the center line, hitting the Nissan, Embly said.

The Nissan ended up facing the northbound lane with its front end crumpled. Both airbags had deployed.

Firefighters from The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro Inc. used the Jaws of Life to pry the driver's side door open and get out Bowl, police and firefighters said.

The pickup's driver, Reuben S. Lapp, 21, of Lancaster, Pa., and passenger, James Petersheim, 21, of Ronks, Pa., did not go to the hospital, Embly said.

The trailer belongs to D&H Hauling of Gordonville, Pa., Embly said.

Mapleville Road was closed from U.S. 40 to Benevola Church Road until 8:08 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

The accident was reported at 6:53 p.m., the dispatcher said.

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